Raquel Cole

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“A dynamite vocalist, songwriter and guitar slinger to boot!” is what American Songwriter Magazine called Raquel Cole in a recent interview. Her skill as a musician is one of the first things that her audience notices about this British Columbia native as she owns opening spots for artists like Carrie Underwood, Jonny Lang, Brothers Osborne, Scotty McCreery as well as Josh Turner, with whom she toured extensively. They are not the only ones catching onto the fiery and soulful music Cole is making, in 2017 she was named by The CBC and Radio Canada as “25 under 25 musicians everyone needs to know,” alongside Alessia Cara and Shawn Mendes. She is a recipient of the CCMA Discovery Award and the winner of several accolades from the American Songwriting Magazine lyric contest, U.S. Today for their exclusive "Playlist" pick, and The International Songwriting Competition where her song, "Imogene" took home 2nd place in the Unsigned Only Category. Cole has also found success writing for other artists, and claims her first Billboard Top 10 Country Album charting song recorded by superstar, Marie Osmond. Raquel continues to make her mark on the Canadian country scene, in the last year she was a finalist in the 2021 SiriusXM Top of the Country contest, her first-ever single at country radio charted at #43, and she's completed a cross-Canada tour opening for The Washboard Union that started in April and ended in October 2022. Singing has been Cole’s first love for as long as she can remember acquiring her first guitar at the age of nine Cole started to write songs not long after that. She was inspired by hit songs she heard on the radio from artists like Shania Twain and Bryan Adams, but also from jamming with her dad, a drummer, in the basement learning how to play 70’s rock and roll. Her debut album "Personal Truth" made it’s way to the airwaves in 2018. Throughout 2020, Cole also recorded three songs that she co-wrote, doing all vocals and guitars on the project, as well as adding cello. The result, “The Essence of Me”, was released in August 2020, which has also racked up over 250,000 streams globally. HIGHLIGHTS • Top 3 finalist in the Sirius XM 'Top of the Country' contest (in partnership with the CCMA) • Over 560K global digital streams • CCMA 2015 Discovery Award recipient • named by CBC/Radio-Canada as “25 under 25 Musicians Everyone Needs to Know,” alongside Alessia Cara and Shawn Mendes • 2nd place in the Unsigned Only Category of The International Songwriting Competition for her song, "Imogene"
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